Colorado Rockies: reflecting on the 2017 season month by month
The month of May was a month for the Rockies that was not as puzzling. Gray and Bettis were both out, Carlos Gonzalez only hit .255 and Nolan Arenado only hit .264 on the month but the team was still running on all cylinders.
The offense played much better than they did in April. They had a slash line of .278/.330/.437. They also nearly scored 5.5 runs per game.
The pitching staff had an ERA of 3.91 and only allowed 4.1 runs per nine innings.
Offensively, Charlie Blackmon led the charge for the Rockies. He hit .359 with a .387 on-base percentage and a .650 slugging percentage. In the month, in 28 games (27 starts), Blackmon had 42 hits, 24 runs, six doubles, five triples, six home runs, and 22 RBI.
On the starting pitching staff, German Marquez was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque at the end of April but he was the Rockies best starter in May. Even with a clunker of a game on May 5 when he allowed five runs (all earned) in six innings, he went 4-1 in five starts with a 2.64 ERA and a .233 opponent batting average on the month. Without the clunker, in his last four May starts, he went 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA.
However, even with the strong month, the D’Backs and Rockies would be tied for second place behind the Dodgers. They were only 1/2 a game back of the Dodgers, though.